Essential Twin Baby Clothes for the First Month

The first time you shop for your twins, you'll be tempted to grab every adorable matching outfit set you see. Resist the urge! In the first few months of life, function is far more important than fashion for your babies.

Keep in mind these general shopping tips for twins:

  • Choose sizes 0 or 3 months since twins tend to be smaller than a single baby. Go ahead and buy a few larger outfits (up to 6 months) because twins don’t always grow at the same rate.
  • If you don't know your babies’ genders in advance, or if you plan on having more children, choose colors that you'll be comfortable putting on either a boy or girl.
  • Look for clothes that go on easily -- ones that snap down the front or wrap around your babies so you won't have to pull clothes over their heads. Trying to dress one squirming baby is hard enough, let alone two.

This list will get you through the first three or four weeks after your babies arrive.

Undershirts: 10-12, short- or long-sleeved

Undershirts that snap or tie on the side are easier to put on a small baby than those that pull over the head. Undershirts are also better than onesies until your babies’ umbilical cords fall off.

Onesies: 8-10

Onesies are the staple of a baby's wardrobe. They're one-piece cotton outfits available in long- or short-sleeves. Snaps at the crotch make changing baby, well, a snap.

Infant gowns and sleepers: 6- 8

Long gowns that close at the bottom keep your baby's feet warm and make diaper changes easier. Some gowns have mittens attached to protect your baby from scratching herself. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies wear one-piece sleepers at night, and NOT covering them with blankets or quilts. Sleepers with built-in feet will keep your baby comfy and cozy from chin to toe.

Socks/booties: 6-8 pairs

Socks and booties should be loose enough for wiggling toes. The ones with an elastic band at the cuff are more likely to stay on kicking little feet. Remember, shoes are made for walking. Shoes are unnecessary until your babies start walking. They can also hinder the growth of feet.

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Hats/caps/bonnets: 2-4

Hats and caps will keep your babies cozy and warm, whether you're indoors or out. Bonnets shield the sun.

Sweaters or blanket sleepers: 2-4

Depending on the weather where you live, your newborns may also need a few blanket sleepers -- or even snowsuits.

It's a good idea to wash new clothes before your babies wear them. They'll be clean, first and foremost. And washing makes clothes softer and may help prevent skin rashes. You don't need special baby detergent or to wash your babies' clothes by themselves. But do protect their sensitive skin by using a gentle detergent free of dyes and perfumes and avoid using bleach, dryer sheets, or fabric softener.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on July 07, 2018

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